Sunday, August 3, 2008

Hymn of the Week: The Fight Is On

Some would joke that this is the teacher's classroom anthem....but not so. I heard a good sermon today on the Christian's armor (see Ephesians 6) and this song sprang to mind.

Every day we are in a war against the Devil and his forces. There is no relenting in this fight [a quote which reminds me of President Bush and the War on Terror—there are no days off in that war, either]. Satan seeks to devour each and every one of us who name the name of Christ—not merely to obstruct, injure, confuse, or impede—he wants to destroy us (1 Peter 5:8). Therefore, the "fight" truly is "on" every single day!

And the devil is powerful. Without God's direct help, we have no hope of victory. Without His armor, we have no protection, no defense; without His sword of His Word, we have no weapon. Without prayer, we have no communication to Him, or any means to implore His aid.

The hymn reminds us, however, that the Lord is to lead us! If we follow Him, trust in Him, and obey His commands, our spiritual victory is secure.

The words and music are by Lelia N. Morris (1905).

The Fight Is On

The fight is on, the trumpet sound is ringing out,
The cry “To arms!” is heard afar and near;
The Lord of hosts is marching on to victory,
The triumph of the Christ will soon appear.


The fight is on, O Christian soldier,
And face to face in stern array,
With armor gleaming, and colors streaming,
The right and wrong engage today!
The fight is on, but be not weary;
Be strong, and in His might hold fast;
If God be for us, His banner o’er us,
We’ll sing the victor’s song at last!

The fight is on, arouse, ye soldiers brave and true!
Jehovah leads, and victory will assure;
Go buckle on the armor God has given you,
And in His strength unto the end endure.


The Lord is leading on to certain victory;
The bow of promise spans the eastern sky;
His glorious Name in every land shall honored be;
The morn will break, the dawn of peace is nigh.


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